Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Final Test - Hard

Peter Barry
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the chapter "Stylistics," in medieval times rhetoric played an important part in training people for the ________, the legal profession, and political or diplomatic life.

2. The chapter "Stylistics" states that the stop-start quality can be removed and cohesion achieved by what linguists call "pronominalization," using ________.

3. Peter Barry states that ________ is best understood by seeing it initially in the context of its own origins within feminism in the 1980s.

4. Which Greek philosopher identified three elements in a plot, fault or character-defect, recognition, and reversal, which are all incumbent on the hero or heroine?

5. Peter Barry states that in the 1990s a second, less essentialist, notion of lesbianism emerged, within the sphere of what is now known as ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the four characteristics that define the term "Political Shakespeare"?

2. Is stylistics confined to just the analysis of literature? Explain.

3. In what way does the narrator say queer theory differs from lesbian feminism?

4. Discuss the three elements Aristotle identified in a plot. What key point does Barry suggest about timing as it relates to plot?

5. Who was Karl Marx?

6. How does Barry use the term "discourse" in relation to narratology? Who else used such term according to Barry?

7. Explain what liberal humanism and stylistics have in common.

8. What is discourse as it relates to new historicism?

9. What is narratology?

10. Who are Cheryll Glotfelty and Harold Fromm? Explain the ecocriticism movement.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and describe Jacques Lacan's impact and purpose in psychoanalytic criticism.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the background and history of Marxism theory.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss what it means to read literature with the perspective of "Orientalism" in mind.

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